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The Kochi-Muziris Biennale needs your support

One of the largest and most acclaimed art initiatives in South Asia, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has over the last decade nurtured an ecosystem for artists and practitioners, providing a platform where their ideas and practices can enter into dialogue with the world. In addition, the Biennale has proven to be a significant site for critical debate, attracting thousands of ordinary people of all ages to its many venues in Kochi, proving that art can and should be experienced by everyone in society. In recognition of its broad appeal, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been called the People’s Biennale precisely for this reason.

On December 12th, every two years since 12/12/12, the Biennale exhibitions spread across multiple venues in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam for over 4 months. The production of an exhibition on the scale of the Biennale has resulted in substantial gain for the local economy, employing hundreds of carpenters, builders, electricians, paid - volunteers, students, event managers, travel & transport operators and local business supporting artists and practitioners in our creative sector. The Biennale also helps the state and regional economy. Immediately after the devastating floods of Kerala in 2018, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale played an important role in kickstarting the state’s tourism industry, upon which the livelihoods of thousands of people depend. Through an artist-led charity fundraiser, the foundation raised funds and donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

Our Appeal

The current economic climate has put a big question mark over the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. At stake are art and livelihoods of those who depend on it. At this hour of crisis, the People’s Biennale is turning to its most important patrons – THE PEOPLE.

We appeal to you to support the fifth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and help keep alive this unique arts and arts education platform in India. Your generosity will support artists, art students, skilled and manual workers, and others who imagine, inspire and create during difficult times. The people who work in the creative industries don’t just include artists, curators, performers and writers but also thousands of other practitioners, skilled and unskilled professionals and labourers who enable the creative world to thrive.

We need your support!

You can donate any amount starting from INR 250 or choose a fixed donation INR 1000, INR 2500, INR 5000, INR 10,000 or any variable amount.


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How will your contribution help?

Your contribution will help realize the fifth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

For your generosity, we will acknowledge your support on the KMB website and physical exhibition sites. In addition, for contribution of ₹250 and above you will also gain free access to the Biennale, its online platform and its digital programmes.


About Us - The Kochi Biennale Foundation

The Kochi Biennale Foundation, which hosts the Biennale, is a not-for-profit charitable trust and receives support from private and governmental sources. Though the government of Kerala is the principal supporter of the Biennale, as a not-for-profit charitable trust, the Kochi Biennale Foundation depends on the support of patrons, companies, well-wishers and friends to sustain its activities and programmes. We believe in the power of art, and in how the site of art can be an invaluable space for the creation and exchange of ideas that can shape the future.

Fifth Edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The fifth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale will open virtually and physically on the 12th of December 2020. Due to the uncertain public health situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, physical exhibition spaces will only open when the health and safety of all personnel and visitors can be safeguarded. Kochi Biennale Foundation is in consultation with state public health officials and local authorities regarding protocols for crowd management, production, and sanitization. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale will operate with the support and guidance of the State Government of Kerala.

Donations are only accepted towards enabling the fifth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale. All donations must be strictly voluntary and in the spirit of generosity towards the effective conduct of the Biennale. In case of postponement due to force majeure including but not limited to natural calamities, the Kochi Biennale Foundation shall strive to ensure the benefits offered to contributors herein on the next date announced and the funds will be earmarked for the 5th Edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Other Programmes

The Kochi Biennale Foundation works throughout the year to strengthen contemporary art infrastructure and to broaden public access to art education across India through a diverse range of programmes including the Students’ Biennale, the Art By Children educational initiative, the Pepper House Art Residency, Master Practice Studios (Workshops), Let’s Talk series, Artists’ Cinema, Arts & Medicine, Music of Muziris and the Video Lab.

For more information: www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org